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Interview: Chuck Corson (Dapper Dans; the Osmonds; Walt Disney World entertainment)

Chuck Corson
Chuck Corson (left), Chuck’s Disneyland business card, window tribute to Chuck at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

Chuck Corson was the director of entertainment for Disneyland and Walt Disney World beginning in 1959.

AUDIO INDEX
:57 Chuck’s early days at Disneyland, beginning in 1959

1:23 The creation of the Dapper Dans barbershop quartet, T.J. Marker, the Osmonds, Meet Me at Disneyland TV show, casting call for mermaids and other Disneyland atmosphere entertainment

5:09 Getting performers for Walt Disney World in 1971

6:08 Working with Sonny Anderson

Interview: Rikki Lugo (Disneyland/Disney movies dancer and choreographer)

Rikki Lugo in the Golden Horseshoe Revue, Babes in Toyland

Rikki Lugo, early dance captain in the Golden Horseshoe Revue, and dancer/choreographer in Disney television shows and films such as “Babes in Toyland.”

AUDIO INDEX
1:10 The Golden Horseshoe Revue 10,000th performance television special

2:19 Remembering working with Ed Wynn on Babes in Toyland

3:15 A fun story about Annette Funicello

4:14 Choreographer Tom Mahoney and the Disneyland 10th Anniversary television special and
performing as a dancing cake piece

5:17 Hanging out with Walt Disney at the Golden Horseshoe

6:28 Why she got cavities working at Disneyland

7:15 Performing at Holidayland at Disneyland, modeling for Pendleton and dancing the Can Can in parades

10:58 Swimming as a mermaid in the Submarine Lagoon

“My Last Two Days as a Disney Cast Member” by Jeff Hoffman

My Last Two Days as a Disney Cast Member
By Jeff Hoffman
February 2010

Jeff Hoffman
Jeff Hoffman

For an amazing 31 years, I was part of the Magic of The Walt Disney Company. Growing up near Disneyland, a job at the Magic Kingdom was always in my plan. I loved Disneyland, the movies and watching the Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights with my parents. In December of 1978, while a freshman in college, my dream was realized as I was hired to play a role as a Merchandise Host in Adventureland and Frontierland. I felt so proud walking through the doors of Jeff HoffmanThe Disney University for orientation. Little did I know eventually I would be part of The Disney University at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank for 16 years of my career. In my 31 years, I spent six years at Disneyland in Theme Park Operations, my time at the University and ultimately my last nine years in Disney Worldwide Outreach. I was given an incredible opportunity to build upon my skills of selling rubber snakes and shrunken heads next to the Jungle Cruise on a journey that would ultimately lead me to having global responsibility for Disney’s Philanthropy, Community Relations, Volunteerism and Cause Marketing.

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Interview: Chuck Corson (Fred Waring; Big Bands; Disneyland’s nighttime entertainment)

Chuck Corson
Chuck Corson (left), Chuck and jazz legend Pete Fountain (right)

Chuck Corson was the director of entertainment for Disneyland and Walt Disney World beginning in 1959.

AUDIO INDEX
:59 Production stage manager for Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians,

1:35 Disney Night at the Hollywood Bowl and “Tinker Bell,” Tommy Walker, casting shows such as “Mickey Mouse Club,” and “Elfego Baca,” Jimmie Dodd

3:40 Disneyland’s start of nighttime entertainment, the first fireworks at Disneyland

5:44 The big bands at Disneyland, Benny Goodman, a surprise for Benny wife

8:00 His start with Disney as an apprentice in casting at the studio

10:15 Working with Walt Disney, the Squaw Valley Olympics, getting stranded with Walt, getting big name performers for Disneyland, big band festivals

Interview: Cicely Rigdon (The Disneyland Ambassador Program; ticket sellers)

Cicely Rigdon

Cicely Rigdon began working at Disneyland as a ticket seller in 1957 and would later be responsible for Disneyland’s Guest Relations and the Disneyland Ambassador program.

AUDIO INDEX
:48 Helping Disneyland Ambassador candidates and the Ambassador process

4:47 The Ambassador ceremonies

6:00 What makes a good Ambassador, explaining the park to people as Ambassador or tour guides

Interview: Cicely Rigdon (Ticket seller; tour guide; Guest Relations; Walt Disney)

Cicely Rigdon interview

Cicely Rigdon began working at Disneyland as a ticket seller in 1957 and would later be responsible for Disneyland’s Guest Relations and the Disneyland Ambassador program.

AUDIO INDEX
:53 How she came to work at Disneyland

2:56 Working as a ticket seller, working with Disneyland’s new tour guide program, working with Walt Disney who would call her Mother Hen, tour guide tags

10:08 VIP hostesses, being in charge of Guest Relations

12:15 Invited to the New York World’s Fair by Walt, Walt wanted people to get their money’s worth at Disneyland, becoming the “keeper of the keys” for Walt’s apartment at Disneyland

Mouse Clubhouse: Starting new

Although Mouse Clubhouse has been in existence online since 2007, I recently had a technical error which caused me to lose much of my original content. I am taking this as an opportunity to begin rebuilding my website, and I hope you enjoy it!

One of the biggest changes is the interviews that I used to post textual transcriptions of will now appear with the original audio so that you may listen to the actual voices of some of the most amazing people in Disney history.

Thank you for all your support over the years, and I hope you continue to enjoy Mouse Clubhouse!

-Scott Wolf